Monday, March 26, 2012

Pierced!

I've been wanting to get second ear piercings for quite a long time now and I've also considered getting a wrist tattoo but I now have a firm resolve that I wouldn't go through the latter. I'm a blood donor so I don't want to get a tat and not be able to donate blood in the future because some hospitals/Red Cross doesn't allow a person with a tattoo to donate. 

Anyway, I finally got down to business and had gotten my ears pierced a week ago. I had my ears pierced at Claire's since it was easily accessible and they have nice earring choices for their starter kit and at a good price too. Getting my ears pierced was a stress reliever. I got my cartilage pierced on my right ear and one on the lobe just above my first one on the left ear.

I chose the stainless steel 4mm CZ; cross dangling earrings are from Forever21

Let me walk you through the procedure at Claire's before I tell you about my actual piercing experience. Claire's sales personnel are all trained in ear piercing. When you go in, ask them about their ear piercing and their starter kit since not all branches have it. They will ask you for an ID. If you're a minor, take a guardian with you to sign the consent forms. It basically states that you agree to get your ears pierced. :) Next, you choose your earring and then whoever does the piercing will don gloves, clean your ears and ready the instrument. Claire's uses a piercing gun with sterilized earring cartridges of  whatever choice of earrings you want, no it does not look scary at all. Oh, there's a $3 additional in your fee for cartilage piercing.

Every person has a different pain tolerance level. When the lady pierced my lobe I felt a slight discomfort that felt like someone pinched me hard. The feeling after a few seconds was gone and it didn't bother me. The cartilage piercing was slightly more painful than the lobe. On the scale of 1-10 probably a 2. Unlike the dissipation of pain on my lobe after a few seconds of being pierced, the pain on my pierced cartilage lasted a good 30 seconds or so and then there was numbness. After the piercing, the personnel will teach you how to clean and disinfect the piercing. It was really a bit hard to sleep on the sides for a good 3 days but as long as I don't touch both piercings it doesn't hurt a bit. The discomfort, even when I touched it, was completely gone after 5 days.

Care for the ear piercings and other reminders are given by the personnel who assisted you after the procedure. In their starter kit package not only do you get a nice pair of earrings of your choice and cleanly pierced ears but you also get a disinfectant solution for piercing care along with a 20% off coupon for your next Claire's purchase.


The lady who did my ears was very friendly  so I felt comfortable about the whole thing.  It was a really good experience and I'm quite happy with it.  Unlike tattoos that I might later regret in life, piercings are much easier to get rid of. I'm actually looking forward to getting my belly button pierced but I think I'll do it when I have a flatter tummy to boast. :))

Shout out to Alliyah of Claire's Newport Mall, NJ! Thanks!

Share with me you piercing experience!

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38 comments:

  1. Hehe yay! Congrats on your piercings! :D :D
    Love your blog! Now following~

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  2. The piercings are so nice! : D I love the cool earrings!

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  3. Your piercings look great! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I'm definitely following back!

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  4. very nice! ive always been jealous of people w multiple ear piercings! but dont want one for myself as it doesnt match my personality :D

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    1. I thought the same too when I was still in school. I thought I could never pull it off and won't suit me but this past year I really wanted to get one and I finally did! :)

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  5. Your earrings look pretty! And not having a tattoo is a good idea if you want to donate blood! You can get semi-permanent ink without getting pierced/poked, just to feel the kick:-) BTW, came to your blog via blogtherapy blog hop and loved it! I am following you , would love if you followed me too! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  6. Congratulations on your piercings! I got my bellybutton pierced when I was 16 and got a tattoo when I was 17!! I have very high pain tolerance so it was quite normal for me! Would you like follow each other?
    xx
    www.junebiswas.blogspot.com

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  7. Just came across your blog from another blogger's page! Love those cross earrings and the piercings look great :) I got a couple of piercings done a few months back but kept forgetting to actually put earrings in so they healed up!! Going to get them done again soon though!

    Sophie, duckandegg.blogspot.com
    xx

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  8. Found you via the blog hop! I love the long cross earrings! :) I recently got both of my second lobe piercings done and I love them! I did it quite spontaneously aha :) Great blog girl!

    whatrebeccasaid.blogspot.com xxxxxxxxxxx

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  9. Those earrings are too fun!

    XO
    www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  10. Piercing looks amazing, and I love those cross earrings, so stylish :)
    following you back sweetie! x

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  11. WOW! Your new piercings look absolutely great!!!!
    What an awesome enhancement to your look... Congrats!

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  12. Really want to get my cartilage piereced but I heard that it's supposed to be mad sore like really bad so that's why I'm still thinking :/ Is it hard to sleep on like does it hurt? And then last summer I was going to get my bellybutton done but I backed out of that is well lol think I'll get both done for the summer,hopefully :)

    xxx

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    1. Cartilage doesn't hurt as bad as you think it will be but as I said, it depends on your pain tolerance level. First 3 days it hurts to sleep on the side with the cartilage piercing but after that it doesn't anymore.

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  13. I love the cross earrings! they're amazing- i need them hehe;)
    I'm following you back!xoxo

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  14. Love them! And this might sound weird, but you've got such pretty ears... I've got Spock ears :(

    http://wonderwomanrises.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww thank you. I've never gotten a compliment about my ears. This is a first! :)

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  15. I love the earrings and they look very cute on you!

    Going to follow you now ;-)

    xoxo,

    http://icycrystalgalleria.blogspot.ca/

    Cindy

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  16. The piercings look great. I love the dangling cross earrings.

    I've had my belly button pierced before. From my experience, the pain level was between a 1-2 out of 10, so you'll probably be fine. Good luck! :)

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  17. Oh my word, please never get pierced at Claire's again. Nothing should be pierced with a gun but cartilage is the worst. I can't believe they would do that!

    Seriously, please go a professional piercer next time (by which I mean someone who does body modification for a living, rather than a shop assistant/ear piercer). I hate to sound like a killjoy but I've had many, many, many piercings and know a bit about it. It really is important.

    Becky
    xx

    http://www.beckybedbug.com

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    1. Hey Becky! Thanks for your concern and I understand it. :) Piercing guns are mostly criticized for many reasons and I have checked this out before I got my ears pierced. Believe me, I would not have gone through that if I know that it would be dangerous or something especially that I am a nursing graduate.

      Piercing guns, usually cause trauma to the skin and underlying tissue because of the compression of the skin to deliver the earrings. Also, there is an issue of the studs. If the studs are short and blunt, they would also cause more damage. However, Claire's uses a modern disposable piercing gun that doesn't cause/minimizes skin trauma, also, the studs they use are longer and sharp, similar to needles that pierces the skin cleanly. These are sterile, prepackaged studs that prevent infection.

      Yes,cartilage should be pierced more carefully it has thicker skin area and thus more trauma is caused if pierced by a gun but Claire's uses a piercing gun that is specifically made for piercing for cartilage and lobes.

      My first piercings were done when I was still a baby and they were done by my doctor with a piercing gun too.

      I hope this clears up everything. Of course, if you do have qualms about getting yours ears pierced by a gun or you would like other parts of your body pierced then by all means go to a professional piercer. :)

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    2. I'm very glad you did your research about it! I'd still be very cautious though.

      On a related note, I'm hoping to get another ear piercing next week. I want my conch done!

      Becky
      xx

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  18. love your piercing and blog too!I'm very pleased if we can follow each other!I'll be waiting for you!
    xoxo
    Faby

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  19. Looks very cute :)
    Kisses
    http://confessionsofthepsychocat.blogspot.com/

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  20. really like your blog!
    keep posting and go for it!!


    xx

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  21. Your piercings look great. I like how you got the second ones in different, yet still symmetrical looking, locations!
    new follower :)

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  22. The reason the Red Cross doesn't allow people with tattoos to donate is bc of the risk of Hep C. With new piercings you have to wait a few months before donating. Love your new piercings!

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    1. Yes I do know that. I've been a Red Cross member for years too. That's why I said it's in their policies - health reasons. :)

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  23. KAMUSTA! thanks for following hun, I'm following back. I love those earrings too. I used to have the top bit of my ear pierced but i got rid of it. i've been thinking of getting more piercing lately too :P i'll have to psych myself up and we'll see how we go lol.

    xx janak'trina

    My Vogue Obsession

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  24. I love your blog! Thanks for following:) So relatable and friendly! This post definitely made me want to get my cartilage done again haha :) When my cousin turned 18, she wanted hers done and brought me with.. to walmart hahaa. mine ended up getting infected and when i went to the drs I found out that I got a bacterial infection from lack of sanitation haha. my piercing story :)

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    1. uh oh. it is very important to clean and disinfect new piercings. When I first got the piercings two weeks ago I was so scared of infection. The piercing brochure Claire's gave said that it isn't normal if their is pain, swelling and redness - and since these are the first piercings that I am very aware of (got my old piercings when I was a baby) I didn't know that it would actually be normal to be quite sore for a couple of days. I was in panic mode after 3 days and felt uncomfortable but I was glad that after 5 days it was gone. :)

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  25. I got my ears pierced when I was 7 and, for some reason I can't remember, one of them healed up so I had to get it re-pierced. All I can remember from that is that it hurt more than the first time! Then I had my left cartilage pierced when I was 13 and absolutely no problems with that. The thing I love about this piercing is that I can go months without wearing anything in it and it just doesn't heal up! When I was about 19/20 I went through a phase of not wearing anything in it for almost 2 years and I was amazed when I tried to see if I could still get an earring in it because I could still feel the piercing, and it went through no problem at all! :) xx

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